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Grammys: who should win, who will win

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in concert.
By Chris Richards
The Washington Post (*)

A total 82 awards will be given out in tonight’s recording industry celebration

You won’t see too many trophies handed out on tonight’s primetime telecast, but the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will give out 82 awards. Here are the nominees in some of the top categories at this year’s Grammys — with The Post’s music critic Chris Richards weighing in on who will and who should win. (Plus an annual reminder: Record of the Year is an award for performance; Song of the Year is an award for songwriting).

Record of the Year

Get Lucky — Daft Punk; Radioactive — Imagine Dragons; Royals — Lorde; Locked Out of Heaven — Bruno Mars; Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke.

Who will win? Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke

Who should win? Get Lucky — Daft Punk

Album of the Year

The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles; Random Access Memories — Daft Punk; Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City — Kendrick Lamar; The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Red — Taylor Swift.

Who will win? Red — Taylor Swift

Who should win? Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City — Kendrick Lamar

Song of the Year

Just Give Me a Reason — Pink featuring Nate Ruess; Locked Out of Heaven — Bruno Mars; Roar — Katy Perry; Royals — Lorde; Same Love — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Who will win? Royals — Lorde

Who should win? Locked Out of Heaven — Bruno Mars

Best New Artist

James Blake; Kendrick Lamar; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Kacey Musgraves; Ed Sheeran.

Who will win? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Who should win? Kacey Musgraves

Best Pop Solo Performance

Brave — Sara Bareilles; Royals — Lorde; When I Was Your Man — Bruno Mars; Roar — Katy Perry; Mirrors — Justin Timberlake.

Who will win? Royals — Lorde

Who should win? When I Was Your Man — Bruno Mars

Best Pop Vocal Album

Paradise — Lana Del Rey; Pure Heroine — Lorde; Unorthodox Jukebox — Bruno Mars; Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke; The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience — Justin Timberlake.

Who will win? The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience — Justin Timberlake

Who should win? Unorthodox Jukebox — Bruno Mars

Best Rap Album

Nothing Was the Same — Drake; Magna Carta... Holy Grail — Jay Z; Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City — Kendrick Lamar; The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Yeezus — Kanye West.

Who will win? Yeezus — Kanye West

Who should win? Yeezus — Kanye West

Best Rock Album

13 — Black Sabbath; The Next Day — David Bowie; Mechanical Bull — Kings of Leon; Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin; ...Like Clockwork — Queens of the Stone Age; Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young with Crazy Horse.

Who will win? Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin.

Who should win? Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young with Crazy Horse

Best Country Album

Night Train — Jason Aldean; Two Lanes of Freedom — Tim McGraw; Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves; Based on a True Story — Blake Shelton; Red — Taylor Swift.

Who will win? Red — Taylor Swift

Who should win? Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves

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